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  1. slevair

    Build area tips and advice

    Outlet and drop light reels on the ceiling are great. Always out of the way, but within reach. Trolleys on the ceiling for loading/unloading parts and tooling. Blueprint easel. Many roll around tool boxes that are task specific and fit under a counter top. Hard piped air and vacuum. White walls...
  2. slevair

    Hello from Huntsville, AL!

    Welcome from Pulaski, TN
  3. slevair

    wood vs aluminum leading edges on a Christavia MK1

    I am building mine to plans with aluminum. I didn't do calcs. to see if wood was better, but if it is really thin ply I doubt it adds much strength. Dent resistance may be a plus though.
  4. slevair

    Where to find STOL aircraft plans for sale?

    Raven and Christavia are semi-bush style planes from plans.
  5. slevair

    Slot in wing for pusher prop???

    Just google Archon plane in Greece.
  6. slevair

    Slot in wing for pusher prop???

    https://aerosports.gr/?page_id=41 This plane has a slot for the prop. Not saying it is efficient, but it flys.
  7. slevair

    Falcon XP possible purchase

    It's a lot of fun, but it's a morning and evening flight plane. The wing loading is light and the afternoon thermals can toss it around. You can't stall it with any reasonable effort and the glide ratio is amazing. Cruise is 80 mph @ 4.5 gph. It climbs about 800 single, 400 gross. I call it a...
  8. slevair

    Falcon XP possible purchase

    My bird had a leading edge slat from the factoryLow res 3 by slevair posted Jul 24, 2014 at 8:34 AM
  9. slevair

    Falcon XP possible purchase

    I used Polyfiber on mine with good results. Missing pieces is going to be the biggest problem with a kit that old. The bigger motors are a bit on the heavy side for that airframe so mind the balance. If you use a fixed nose gear it falls under light sport rules. The parachute that comes with...
  10. slevair

    Single-page plans?

    I think the Teeny Two may have been on a single page.
  11. slevair

    Fan cooled engine in tractor configuration cooling issues?

    I had a fan cooled R447 on a Flightstar. The cooling was marginal and the jetting had to be monitored closely. I installed a piece of flexible aluminum ducting in a "U" bend to feed the air into the fan intake. It solved all the problems.
  12. slevair

    Landing gear. idea.

    Have you thought about adapting small motorcycle forks? Use a knee action brace to control rotation.
  13. slevair

    Best Practices for Two Stroke Operations

    I use auto fuel w/ additive for the alcohol and Pennzoil air cooled oil premixed. Jetting is adjusted for the season. I am careful to warm it up before takeoff and slow making power setting changes. Head and pipe temps always in the green. R503 w/ 2.58 box and 62"Ivo 3 blade. Cruise at 5800...
  14. slevair

    Coleman Hand-Held Kart Starter

    Most of the kart engines in the "grass roots" classes are 4 stroke single cylinder implement engines in the 250-350cc range. (5-8hp) Currently popular is a 6.5hp Honda clone by Predator available for $99 at Harbor Freight with a coupon.
  15. slevair

    Coleman Hand-Held Kart Starter

    Most kart engines turn clockwise facing the pull starter.
  16. slevair

    Project roll call

    Short story is I'm building the optional 9G spars and down rating them for the extra length.
  17. slevair

    Project roll call

    Building a Davis DA2 LS (light sport) with a Rotax 912 and one bay (~16") span increase per side. Also have a complete Quickie kit near fully formed to the block sanding stage for a later time.
  18. slevair

    The state of flying in the US

    Another thing going against aviation as a hobby is that it is hard to show off your plane and flying skill to a group or person at a party/gathering. You can take your laptop, motorcycle, hotrod, etc to the gathering, but planes usually only meet other pilots. It's hard to admit that people are...
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